Two years in jail for pharmacy-raid man

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A 38-year-old Albany man who attempted to rob an Albany pharmacy of medication in broad daylight last year has been jailed for two years.

Wylie John Moore was sentenced in the Perth Supreme Court last Friday on the charge of attempted robbery after a jury found him not guilty of armed robbery during a trial in January.

The court heard Moore entered Amcal Pharmacy at about 9.30am on January 2 last year and swung a bag at the pharmacist, forcing him to duck, and shouted to open the safes.

He was unable to open the safes, which contained medication and he ran from the store after staff left and activated the alarm.

Moore was arrested five days later after detectives executed a search warrant at the backpackers where he was staying and seized photos from his partner’s mobile phone of inside and outside the pharmacy before the offence. Two containers of prescription painkiller medication were also found.

In sentencing, Judge Joe McGrath said Moore had acted out of desperation to obtain medication for pain relief after a car accident from 2015 which left him with severe back and hip pain and it was clear he was a long-term user of illicit drugs.

The court heard Moore was currently behind bars for Commonwealth drug offences from 2011 and the attempted robbery was committed while he was on parole.

“Your violence, both in the past and current offending, appears to be a method used in an attempt to obtain money and drugs through the threat of violence,” Judge McGrath said.

“The target of your attempted robbery was a pharmacy which is particularly vulnerable to acts of stealing with violence.

“You did cause the manager and staff to flee the store through fear. You committed the offence whilst you would have been on parole for the Commonwealth offending or on bail.

“However, what I wish to note about this offending is that you were not armed.”

Moore was made eligible for parole.

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